4 Emotions You May Feel After a Cyber Heist

Being a victim of a cyber heist is one of the most tumultuous times in anyone’s lives. For some people, they don’t even realize it is possible until it happens to them. You wake up one morning and all of your money is suddenly gone. We see it happen every day, and we know how difficult it can be for those affected.

No matter how the process turns out, it can be stressful along the way. Here are 4 emotions you may feel after being the victim of a cyber heist:


The natural first reaction is pure shock. It is startling to check your bank account, the same way you do every other day, and find out it has been emptied by someone else. This is the worst kind of surprise. For many people, cyber heists aren’t even on their radar of things to worry about – until it’s too late.


To many people, a cyber heist feels nebulous and random. A robber sticking up a bank and making off with your money makes sense. A robber exploiting flaws in your digital security to transfer your money to an account where it cannot be tracked is harder to take in. Many victims, especially those unfamiliar with cyber heists, can be overwhelmed with confusion and take their time in reacting.


Being the victim of a crime is a scary thing. Whether you live paycheck to paycheck or have thousands in savings, having your accounts emptied leaves you in the same place. Fear of being unable to recover those assets and the consequences of going without can be consuming. Remember to feel the emotion and then push past it to take action.


Victims of cyber heists have a right to be angry! Use that anger for something productive and turn it into energy towards recovering the assets and moving past this terrible crime. Don’t bottle up your anger – put it towards a good cause!

How To Get the Help You Need

When you are affected by a cyber heist, alert the authorities and your financial institution. Then, give the Stolen Asset Recovery Network a call as soon as possible. We provide swift action on a global scale to combat cyber heists. We will do everything in our power to get your assets back to you. The sooner after the heist we get involved, the higher the chance of recovery is. Don’t wait!

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STARNet, which is short for Stolen Asset Recovery Network, is a global alliance of independent law firms created to provide financial institutions and governments with multi-disciplinary services across countries and jurisdictions for locating, freezing, and ultimately recovering stolen assets related to cyber heists, fraud or corruption.

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